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Blog Entries - tag: 'Recovery'

September is National Recovery Month

Posted on: September 1, 2015 11:00 am
Tags: Recovery, National recovery month, September, Awareness

Letter to the Editor:

September has been recognized as National Recovery month for 25 years. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s (SAMHSA) website, National Recovery Month is “a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.” Walden would like to remind you that we are here to help.  We provide addiction and mental health treatment and recovery services. Our 24 hour Crisis Hotline (301 863-6661) has been funded by our county government for over 40 years, providing immediate crisis intervention as well as access to our treatment continuum.  We receive approximately 1,000 calls per month.

We offer individualized substance abuse treatment targeted to fit the individualized needs of both adolescents and adults and offer walk-in assessments at all of our locations. Mental health therapy is offered in our Lexington Park, Charlotte Hall and Waldorf locations with walk-in assessments available at each of these locations. To schedule an appointment please call 888-912-7366.

Recovery support services provide peer-based and additional support to adults and youth and are offered at the Beacon of Hope Recovery & Wellness Center in Lexington Park and The Cove/DFZ located in California. All services provided at the Cove and Beacon are free. We have many events scheduled throughout the month, check our website for details or check us out on Facebook.

Together with our partners in County Government, the Health Department, MedStar St Marys, DSS, DJS, the courts and local law enforcement we strive to address the complicated disease of addiction. We help thousands of our citizens annually. No matter what the issue, our staff are ready to provide support and assistance. Please call us anytime day or night at 301-863-6661. We are here to listen.

Thank you for your continued support. We pledge to continue to bring Southern Maryland “Help for today. Hope for tomorrow.”



Kathleen O’Brien, PhD

CEO Walden

301-997-1300 x 803

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Overdose Awareness

Posted on: August 19, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Walden, Recovery, Southern maryland, International overdose awareness day


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 


Laura Webb

301-997-1300 ext 804 or 301-751-7258

International Overdose Awareness Day to be Observed in Southern Maryland with Film Screening and Discussion

In response to the increasing number of Southern Maryland families impacted by opiate addiction, Walden has organized a special event for August 31st, International Overdose Awareness Day.  Walden has teamed up with Farming 4 Hunger to host a screening and discussion of the documentary film the Hungry Heart on 8/31 from 6-8:30 p.m. 

The Hungry Heart, directed by Bess O’Brien and produced by Kingdom County Productions, tells the personal stories of a number of opiate addicted young adults while also sharing the stories of others in recovery.  The film explores the power of medicine, conversation and compassion in addressing this issue impacting so many American communities.  Following the film, Walden staff will facilitate a discussion with the audience on the film and local issues.  For more information on the film, please visit

While the film is set in a small Vermont community, it powerfully tells the story of all communities struggling with opiate addiction.  Walden’s statistics bear out the presence of opiate addiction in Southern Maryland:  in 2014, the Anchor Detox Inpatient Program of Walden served 809 individuals from the Tri-County region.  About 51% of all admissions were of opiate addicted persons with the primary group impacted 18-30 year olds.  This data represents the highest number of yearly requests for opiate/heroin addiction since Anchor opened in 1999. 

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.  For more information on IOAD, please visit 

“We hope that the Hungry Heart film screening and discussion will be a forum for remembering those lost as well as help those still struggling,” explains Laura Webb, Director of Recovery Support.  Silver ribbons to honor those lost to overdose will be distributed at the event.

Admission to this local International Overdose Awareness Day event is free.  The Farming 4 Hunger site is located at 6932 Serenity Farm Road in Hughesville.  More information is located at and at  Interested community members may also contact Laura Webb at 301-997-1300 x 804 or 301-751-7258.  You can also e-mail us at


About Walden

Walden offers a comprehensive array of behavioral health treatment, and recovery services to individuals and families throughout the community. These services include crisis intervention, psychiatric and mental health therapy, trauma services related to relationship abuse or sexual assault, drug and alcohol services and community and recovery support services such as the free and open to the public Beacon of Hope and The Cove/DFZ Recovery and Wellness Centers.

For more information about how Walden can help, please visit, contact the 24-hour crisis hotline at 301-863-6661 anonymously, or call the appointment line at 301-997-1300/888-912-7366. Walden can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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International Overdose Awareness Day

Posted on: August 19, 2015 9:00 am
Tags: Walden, Recovery, Southern maryland, International overdose awareness day

International Overdose Awareness Day to be Observed in Southern Maryland with Film Screening and Discussion


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Drug Summit for the Community Planned on March 7th

Posted on: February 4, 2014 12:00 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Recovery, Counseling
Please join Walden at the Drug Summit planned for the Community on March 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Hall.Walden will be partnering with the St. Mary’s County Department of Aging and Human Services, Health Department, Sheriff’s read more …

Gratitude Post 8: Grateful Teens

Some folks may chuckle a bit to see a blog post entitled "Grateful Teens."  After all, the moodiness and questioning characteristics of adolescence often challenge adults so much that they sometimes overshadow the way we think about teens.  The fact is, read more …

Gratitude Post 7: grateful for the chance to see ourselves through others

Posted on: November 22, 2013 9:27 am
Tags: Behavioral health, Recovery
Many of us are our own worst critics.  From our appearance to our personal strengths, talents or skills, we tend to underestimate ourselves.  We may even beat up on ourselves, and this may prevent us from happier, healthier lives.  This may be read more …

Day 6 Gratitude Challenge Post: grateful for life-long growth

Posted on: November 16, 2013 8:28 am
Tags: Behavioral health, Recovery, Counseling
We are grateful for the human capacity to grow at any age, in big and small ways.  Bob Dylan, songwriter and painter known to so many of us as a folk artist, is now expressing himself creatively with iron art.  At 72, he uses found iron objects and welds read more …

From Day 5 of Gratitude Challenge: Thank you veterans, families and those who serve by helping them!

We are grateful for all who serve, all who love a veteran, and all who support veterans. From a June 2012 blog post of ours about veterans and PTSD: For many Americans, living with PTSD is a daily reality-- for them and for their loved read more …

Gratitude Challenge Day 3 Post: Grateful for the Capacity for Change

Posted on: November 4, 2013 7:36 am
Tags: News, Behavioral health, Recovery, Counseling
Today, we are grateful for the capacity for change.  The potential for change is a key component of hope.   By the same token, having hope motivates us change our behaviors, living situations or other concerns that may be unhealthy for us.   The read more …

Gratitude Challenge Day 1 Post: Kristen Johnston and SLAM

Posted on: November 2, 2013 11:12 am
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery
Today, we are grateful for Kristen Johnston, famous actress, comedian, and person in recovery, for creating the organization SLAM-- a non profit dedicated to starting a sober high school in NYC.  Go, Kristen, and thanks for sharing your story and trying read more …

Fit for Recovery- a free exercise class adds to wellness options at Beacon of Hope

We are very grateful to have volunteer and trained fitness instructor Paige Fletcher with us at Beacon of Hope Recovery and Wellness Centers most Saturdays from 1:30 to 2:30.  Paige's free exercise class works out the muscles while being a chance to talk read more …

Winning slogan named, Community Block Party t-shirts on the way!

Posted on: September 11, 2013 10:20 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery
The winning slogan for the Recovery and Wellness Community Block Party happening 9/29, 2 to 5 p.m., in Lexington Park/Millison Plaza has been selected by popular vote.  "Do the right thing, even when nobody's looking" won!  Congratulations, J.N.!  Join us read more …

Making Suicide Prevention an Every Day Matter

Posted on: September 11, 2013 7:33 am
Tags: Behavioral health, Recovery, Counseling
Yesterday, September 10th 2013, was National Suicide Prevention Day.  I was touched and grateful to receive the following text message from a colleague and friend:  In light of National Suicide Prevention Day, I just wanted to let you know that I love you read more …

Recovery & Wellness Community Block Party 9/29

Posted on: September 5, 2013 3:17 am
Tags: Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery
It's a Party in the Park on Sunday, September 29th from 2-5 p.m., celebrating recovery and wellness.  All ages are invited to come out and enjoy a rain or shine afternoon of free fun and food.   Games, activities, music, henna tattoo artist, face painting, read more …

Please join us at The Cove/DFZ on 4/16 for an Open House!

Posted on: April 11, 2013 9:07 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Recovery
Celebrate our 40th anniversary as well as check out our newest program, The Cove/D.F.Z. Youth Wellness and Recovery Center, at our Open House!When:  Tuesday, 4/16, 12-2 p.m. Where:  44871 St. Andrews Church Road California, MD What's Available:  food, read more …

The Cove/DFZ Youth Center opens early February 2013!

Posted on: January 23, 2013 6:42 am
Tags: News, Recovery
Walden is pleased to announce the opening of The Cove/DFZ, a youth recovery center, on January 31st! The Cove/DFA welcomes teens with a safe, fun, and sober environment.  The center is for youth ages 12-17 who are having problems with drugs or alcohol. read more …

Walden thanks donors and partners of Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party

Posted on: October 9, 2012 9:28 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Recovery, Drug and alcohol treatment, Walden
We sincerely thank the following donors and sponsors for their support of treatment and recovery programming at the Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party, held on September 16th, at Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center:Leading by Example: CMI read more …

Walden Recovery Block Party article and video published

Posted on: October 7, 2012 8:09 pm
Tags: News, Walden events, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery, Samhsa, Walden
The Lexington Park Leader covered the Southern Maryland Recovery Block Party at our Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center on Sept 16th.  To go to the article and video, go to read more …

July Calendar for Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center posted!

Take a look at the "hot" recovery action in Lexington Park at Beacon of Hope this July here!  New this month:  Recovery Block Party and Recovery Walk Prep meetings on July 9th, 23th and 30th, 5:30 to 7 p.m.!

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Honoring National PTSD Awareness Day June 27, 2012

Today is National PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness Day.  For many Americans, living with PTSD is a daily reality-- for them and for their loved ones.   About 3.5% of American adults experience PTSD in any given year.Those impacted by PTSD, read more …

Powerful People Disclose Mental Health Issues to Break “Taboo”

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraEarlier this month, two elected members of British Parliament, Kevan Jones and Charles Walker, spoke publicly about their personal experiences living with mental illness.  Mental health read more …

New Study Finds Therapy for Depression over the Phone Helpful

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraWe have known for some time that therapy is a very effective tool for people struggling with depression.  We also know that people with a mental illness often delay getting help—the read more …

Recovery Block Parties - Taking Recovery to the Streets!

Contributed by L.S. Webb, Community Engagement Manager for Walden SierraFor people seeking recovery, finding a positive place within the recovery community can be life-saving. Removing the stigma of illness and helping people in recovery have positive read more …

May 2012 at Beacon of Hope Recovery Community Center activity calendar is available!

Posted on: May 2, 2012 12:36 pm
Tags: News, Friends & alumni activities, Recovery, Volunteer
Please click here to open the May 2012 Beacon of Hope calendar.  The Beacon Advisory Committee is meeting on Saturday May 19th from 1 to 2 p.m. at Beacon.  Please consider volunteering on this committee if you are a recovering individual or a loved one read more …

Recovery Discovery Walk on October 22nd

Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:23 pm
Tags: Walden events, Recovery
Are you someone... with a lived experience in recovery? who is seeking recovery? with a loved one in recovery or seeking recovery? who believes that everyone with the courage to face addiction and trauma has the potential for recovery? Then, the read more …

Recovery Benefits Everyone

Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:20 pm
Tags: News, Addictive disease, Recovery, Samhsa
"Recovery Benefits Everyone" was the theme chosen by SAMHSA for this September's National Addictive Disease Recovery Month. At Walden, we couldn't agree more. The ultimate outcome of all of our programs, services, and community efforts is recovery. We believe read more …